Ranch, Victorian or Tudor? The agent’s architectural house styles cheat sheet

  • Recognizing and identifying home design styles can be tricky. Here's a few easy ways to recognize nine of the most popular.

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For most buyers today, a home's architectural style usually isn't a "make or break" feature, and is ranked below other features and attributes such as the functionality of the indoor layout, energy efficiency, smart home technology capabilities, and where the home is related to work and school. But it never hurts to be able to quickly recognize and identify common home styles to better assist buyers who are sticklers for design. Ranch Defining features: This style is often associated with being the "quintessential" American home -- it's open and wide floor plan, attached garage and easy-to-access one-story layout made it the most popular style in the 40s and 50s as American families began moving out to the suburbs. Ranch-style homes have pitched roofs, wood or brick exteriors, and sliding doors that lead to large backyard spaces. Lastly, the homes are often shaped like "L"s or "U"s. rSnapshotPhotos / Shutterstock Where is it most popular? Ranch style homes are most plen...